Would you be tempted if you saw an advert for free accommodation ? Would you still be tempted if you were told there was something you needed to do to avoid rent ? How about if that something was dress up as a walrus for two hours a day and get fed fish ?
Nope, I thought you might give that one a miss but it wasn’t enough to deter some people and when an advert went live on Gumtree asking for exactly this, the advertising landlord was inundated with offers.
Unfortunately, the advert has now been removed from Gumtree but this is how it read:
‘Among the many things I have done in my life is to spend three years alone on St. Lawrence Island.
‘These were perhaps the most intense and fascinating years of my life, and I was kept in companionship with a walrus whom I named Gregory.
‘Never have I had such a fulfilling friendship with anyone, human or otherwise, and upon leaving the island I was heartbroken for months.
‘This is a position I am prepared to offer for free (eg: no rent payable) on the fulfillment of some conditions.
‘I have, over the last few months, been constructing a realistic walrus costume, which should fit most people of average proportions, and allow for full and easy movement in character.
‘To take on the position as my lodger you must be prepared to wear the walrus suit for approximately two hours each day (in practice, this is not two hours every day – I merely state it here so you are able to have a clear idea of the workload).
‘Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus – I believe there are recordings available on the web – to me, the voice is the most natural thing I have ever heard.
‘Other duties will involve catching and eating the fish and crabs that I will occasionally throw to you whilst you are being the walrus.
‘With the exception of this, you will be free to do whatever you choose, and will have a spacious double room, complete run of the house.’
The story doesn’t end there though. Kevin Smith who directed the excellent “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” was so impressed by the idea he discussed it in his smodcast podcast and began working on a script for a horror movie with the location switched from Brighton to Canada.
In this article he mentions that he’s lined up Justin Long for one of the lead roles. So far the synopsis on IMDB only states that it’s about a mad man sewing a victim into a Walrus suit. As there’s not much information apart from the fact it will be shooting in October 2013 here’s an artist’s impression of how Justin Long might look in a walrus suit.
Will this turn out to be a surreal work of genius or an ambitious legendary disaster ?